Archive for October, 2015

the first horror film

Posted in Art & Photography, Film with tags , , , , on October 31, 2015 by phanteana

here’s some Halloween trivia: the first horror film was released in 1896, and directed by early cinema icon Georges Méliès. it’s called The Manor Of The Devil. although it’s short on plot (and time; it runs about 3 minutes) it’s still an honorable mention in film history as it’s considered one of the first movies to utilize special effects (a staple of horror films for decades) to scare and delight its viewers. happy Halloween!

World Day for Audio Visual Heritage 2015

Posted in Library Science stuff with tags , , , , , on October 27, 2015 by phanteana

October 27th is the annual World Day for Audio Visual Heritage! this year’s theme: Archives At Risk- Protecting The World’s Identities

required reading for Goths

Posted in Library Science stuff with tags , , on October 22, 2015 by phanteana

books don’t necessarily make or break our identities. we can dress one way, but our reading preferences can be the complete opposite. as a teen, i became engulfed in Goth culture and this included reading books that i felt matched the movement and its style (though i admit, i never got into The Sandman comics and have yet to read Lost Souls). since then, i’ve expanded my tastes not only in books but also in music, fashion, etc. but i still enjoy those Edgar Allen Poe short stories. the list in the linked article isn’t entirely complete, as there are several titles both past and present that fit the bill (Barry Lyga, anyone? yes, his work falls under YA Lit but one of his main characters is a Goth girl). but for now, this is a good starting-off point for anyone who wishes to know more about the darker side of reading or brush up on the classics.

“that thing”

Posted in Film, Popular Culture with tags , , , on October 18, 2015 by phanteana

with Halloween just a few weeks away, scary stories are to be found in abundance both in print and onscreen. some are purely make-believe, while others prove to be frighteningly real. take The Exorcist, for example; although the story itself is a work of fiction, its inspiration comes from a true story that occurred in 1949. the subject of this account was fortunate to go on living a normal life after the ordeal. but for Adam Sturtevant, an award-winning writer originally from Boston (he currently resides in Austin), seeing The Exorcist as a kid would change his life forever. for Adam, possession took on a different meaning as he watched his father succumb to the effects of alcoholism. the essay he contributes to Electric Literature tells a story equally as haunting as the book or movie. but like Roland Doe and Reagan MacNeil, Mr. Sturtevant was able to pick up the pieces despite the disturbances in his life.

when people are asked what the scariest film they’ve ever seen is, the answer is usually The Exorcist (along with Jawsbecause shark attacks and demonic possession rank high on the list of terrifying experiences that are likely to happen among Americans). it forces us to examine ourselves and our faith, no matter what we believe in. it shows us that doubt is the real source of terror and that nightmares can be real, but we can keep them at bay if we are strong.

infographic: monsters in literature

Posted in Library Science stuff, Popular Culture with tags , , , , , on October 6, 2015 by phanteana

it’s that time of year again (and i’m not referring to the pumpkin-spice flavor revolution). it’s time to plan out the October reading list, which means plenty of thrills and chills. the website Electric Lit has an infographic of famous literary monsters, ranging from 19th Century classics (Frankenstein, Dr. Jekyl & Mr. Hyde) to popular fantasy series (Lord Of The Rings, Harry Potter). each character listed features a rating system based on appearance, power, and evil intent. so while the Giant Squid from 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea ranks lower on the scare scale at just 20%, Pennywise The Clown from Stephen King’s It scores a whopping 100% (which comes as no surprise, given how coulrophobia is quite common in our modern society). if you see a sewer drain while walking in the rain, keep moving.